RIVER FROME, STOWFORD FARM, WILTS
CONSISTENT roach and bream sport is often hard to find on canals these days, but there is a little known stretch of waterway where anglers have been enoying bountiful bags of them this summer.
The recently re-opened Stroudwater Canal in Gloucestershire is a waterway that links the Rivers Thames and Severn. It is absolutely brimming with silverfish and well worth a visit if you’re the traditional type of angler.
The canal is mainly run by Stroud & District Angling Club which offers membership for just £25 for adults – this is great value for money.
Most regulars to the venue fish the pole with light rigs using either groundbait or breadpunch.
Feeding a couple of lines, one in the deeper water and another either short or across to the far shelf, is all you need to do to get plenty of bites, but with the canal being narrow you won’t need to be holding metres and metres of carbon. a bed of hemp and micro pellets – this usually picks up the bigger fish. Fishing up to the islands on the Ash Lake is also producing decent nets of carp, with individual fish to 10lb featuring. Use corn on the hook and feed two-three kernels via a pole pot every put-in. Contact: 01278 450880 Postcode: TA5 2BQ Roach here are abundant, and grow to a good size. Trotting tactics are accounting for some good nets of small chub and perch. A lot of anglers are catching well feeding bronze maggots and fishing the same bait on the hook. . Contact: Wilts Angling Trowbridge, 01225 763835 Prices: £3 a day from Wests Tackle, Trowbridge, Airsprung AA